Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Nigeria's reluctant tactical change paid dividends in Iceland win - Rohr

Nigeria's reluctant tactical change paid dividends in Iceland win - Rohr

But Nigeria's second-half display in Volgograd was arguably as good as any in the World Cup and came after a fairly dour first half in which the Super Eagles did not register a shot on target.

In this case, Argentina will need to beat Nigeria and hope that Iceland to not beat Croatia in their final game.

Musa, recalled to the starting team by coach Gernot Rohr, made it 2-0 in the 75th minute when he found space on the left, beat Iceland defender Kári Árnason, and rounded goalkeeper Hannes Þór Halldórsson before slamming the ball into the net.

The defeat for Iceland, appearing in their first World Cup tournament, does not kill off their dreams just yet, while struggling Argentina could also pull off a miraculous escape and make it to the knockout rounds.

Iceland gutted out a draw against heavily favored Argentina in Round 1 of Group D play.

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Obi Mikel was used as an attacking midfielder throughout Nigeria's qualifying campaign but a lacklustre showing in Kaliningrad on Saturday meant he was asked to drop into a more defensive role against Iceland.

"They did this for the country, for the team". That is why l have said that in four years time the experience to play at the World Cup will be there.

Iceland will expect to be without the services of Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who sustained a muscle injury in the opening fixture against Argentina and his chances of making a full recovery ahead of Friday's fixture are slim.

In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).

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